Lori Van Lenten (left), Acting Sheriff William T. Sommeling (center sitting),
Captain David Schenk (center), Amy Crist (right)
Accreditation is an advanced and reliable way of assisting law enforcement agencies in analyzing and enhancing their service delivery. The groundwork of Accreditation relies on the implementation of standards that hold an unambiguous proclamation of acknowledged objectives. As a participating agency, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a systematic self-assessment to conclude how current practices can be adapted to meet these objectives. The Sheriff’s Office has gone through great lengths to make sure the necessary procedures are in place. As a result, in December 2012, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office had a team of trained NJSACOP Assessors verify that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
The Ocean County Sheriff's Office completed the process of attaining Accreditation through the
New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). The Sheriff’s Office received its certificate of recognition March 23, 2013.
The Sheriff's Office will be responsible for maintaining compliance and reaccreditation within a three year cycle. Accreditation status represents a significant professional accomplishment. Furthermore, Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are theoretically sound, operationally effective and are in line with law enforcement’s best practices.